TMC Recognized as one of Healthcare’s “Most Wired” for Fifth Consecutive Year

Truman Medical Centers (TMC) has been named for the fifth consecutive year as one of Health Care’s “Most Wired” organizations of 2015 by the American Hospital Association and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).  The annual “Most Wired” survey and benchmarking study is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology use and adoption. Each year, the survey examines how organizations are leveraging IT to improve their overall performance in terms of providing value-based healthcare in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management, quality and safety and clinical integration.  
“Health data security is paramount in an IT driven healthcare setting because every day our systems carry information that is as sensitive, if not more than financial institutions,” said TMC President and Chief Executive Officer Charlie Shields. “TMC has consistently been an industry leader in utilizing advanced IT infrastructure to safely and accurately share information between a patient’s care providers, ensuring positive outcomes and lower costs for all.”
The 2015 Most Wired Survey found hospitals have taken a more aggressive approach to privacy and security measures in an effort to protect and safeguard patient data. Top growth areas in security among those organizations named “Most Wired,” include privacy audit systems, provisioning systems, data loss prevention, single sign-on and identity management. The survey also found hospitals continuing to transition away from volume-based care and toward value-based care delivery. Hospitals are using their IT infrastructure to better facilitate information exchanges across care settings. 
According to the survey, in 84 percent of “Most Wired” organizations, physicians can view and exchange other facilities’ results in the physician portal; 76 percent use the portal and electronic health record system to share results through health information exchanges with other organizations and 81 percent can communicate with patients via emails or alerts. “Most Wired” organizations, driven by Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements, are utilizing the benefits of patient portals to get patients more actively involved in their own care. 89 percent offer access to patient portals through a mobile device and 63 percent offer self-management tools for chronic illnesses. 
“TMC is the only HIMSS Stage 7 designated hospital in the area for both acute and ambulatory care, which supports the high level of adoption we have experienced from our providers,” says Mitzi Cardenas, senior vice president, strategy, business development and technology. “We utilize Cerner population health tools to better understand the patient populations we serve and to continue to improve our performance in key areas such as pressure ulcer and venous thromboembolism prevention. We have put in place early warning alerts for patient status changes that requires rapid intervention by providers, ultimately all of this allows us to provide better, safer care at a lower cost to the patient and our organization.”
HealthCare’s Most Wired™ Survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2015, is published annually by Health & Hospitals Network. Respondents completed 741 surveys, representing more than 39 percent of all U.S. hospitals. Detailed results of the survey and study can be found in the July issue of H&HN. 

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